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Veterans combat high unemployment ratesupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 11:34:00

CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr visits a Detroit job fair where businesses hope to hire qualified veterans.

VIPs dine with kids while dad's deployedupdated: Thu May 17 2012 10:35:00

A military wife and her sons have unique dinner guests over every week to mark the time while their dad is deployed.

Military families to get free pass to national parksupdated: Tue May 15 2012 16:27:00

Members of the U.S. military and their families are now eligible for free annual passes to national parks and monuments as part of a program timed to celebrate Armed Forces Day on Saturday, the White House announced.

Nonprofit gets wheels for needy military couple with a baby on the wayupdated: Mon Apr 30 2012 17:39:00

Senior Airman Aaron Becker repairs medical equipment at a clinic for wounded soldiers at Andrews Air Force Base. Co-workers say he is always giving to others, but they also say Becker's a friend in need. A colleague recently submitted his name to a nonprofit military support group to help his family get around.

From military kid to major champion: Creamer's salute to U.S. soldiersupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 16:11:00

Discipline is a key ingredient in the package required to succeed in the world of professional golf. Paula Creamer has not been found wanting in that department on her journey from military kid to major champion.

Military widow surprised with free homeupdated: Wed Feb 29 2012 14:26:00

CNN Hero Dan Wallrath is ramping up his efforts to build mortgage-free homes for U.S. troops wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Report highlights employment burdens on military spousesupdated: Wed Feb 15 2012 04:53:00

In an effort to ease high unemployment numbers among military spouses, the Obama administration plans to highlight the need to streamline occupational licensing between states.

Obama: Keep progress on trackupdated: Mon Feb 13 2012 17:42:00

President Obama unveils his 2013 budget plan in front of a crowd at Northern Virginia Community College.

Medical schools join first lady's health initiative for veteransupdated: Wed Jan 11 2012 18:24:00

Two medical education groups and 130 medical schools signed on to first lady Michelle Obama's initiative to "train the nation's physicians to meet the unique health care needs of the military and veterans communities," the White House announced Wednesday.

'Welcome home,' Obama tells troops from Iraqupdated: Wed Dec 14 2011 19:56:00

President Barack Obama on Wednesday welcomed home returning troops from Iraq, hailing their service to help a people they didn't know as an example of what makes America great.

Soldiers return to Ft. Hood from Iraqupdated: Wed Dec 14 2011 19:56:00

Part of HLN's special series, "Troops Come Home." Ft. Hood soldiers return after 11 months in Iraq.

Corps apologizes for wrong parcels sent to fallen Marines' familiesupdated: Tue Dec 13 2011 22:57:00

Some Marine Corps families, mourning a son or daughter killed in action, received an unexpected surprise for the holidays: an ornament of the Purple Heart, a letter addressed to their fallen hero and even information about athletic reconditioning.

Couple deployed for their honeymoonupdated: Tue Dec 13 2011 13:28:00

Sgt. 1st Class Daniel DeGeneres and his wife, Amanda, deployed to Iraq two weeks after they married.

Technology keeps military families bondupdated: Sun Dec 11 2011 14:11:00

Army Major Frank Rosenblatt shares with CNN how he keeps in touch with his family while he's in Iraq.

CNN Heroes: Sharing the Spotlightupdated: Wed Dec 07 2011 16:16:00

Many celebrities have taken part in the CNN Heroes campaign and attended the annual "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute" shows. Here, we reach out to some of them and learn about the ways they've chosen to get involved and give back.

Helping young military widowsupdated: Thu Nov 10 2011 17:41:00

J.R. Martinez introduces Taryn Davis, whose American Widow Project has provided support to hundreds of military widows.

The war wounds that can't be seenupdated: Thu Nov 10 2011 17:41:00

Taryn Davis is helping young military widows find the emotional support they need.

CNN Hero: Taryn Davisupdated: Tue Nov 08 2011 08:25:00

The American Widow Project, founded by Taryn Davis, has helped support nearly 800 military widows since 2007.

Kidney transplant inspired Lopezupdated: Mon Nov 07 2011 13:18:00

George Lopez is helping to create positive change for underprivileged children, adults and military families.

George Lopez offers help and hopeupdated: Mon Nov 07 2011 13:18:00

George Lopez explains how his foundation creates positive change for children and families in need.

U.S. troops coming home earlyupdated: Sat Oct 22 2011 21:38:00

Military spouses react to news troops deployed in Iraq are coming home sooner than expected. Martin Savidge reports.

Relief, joy at Fort Bliss after announcement of Iraq withdrawalupdated: Sat Oct 22 2011 21:38:00

Since 1848, Fort Bliss has been where U.S. soldiers toil, train and sweat under the strong Southwest sun before departing for battlegrounds around the world.

Wynonna Judd helps 'Wounded Warriors'updated: Mon Oct 10 2011 11:35:00

Country music star Wynonna Judd explains how the Wounded Warrior Project assists injured U.S. troops and their families.

Connecting a new generation of military widowsupdated: Thu Sep 22 2011 13:30:00

Taryn Davis says she felt lost and isolated after burying her husband, a 22-year-old Army corporal killed in Iraq four years ago.

Resuming careers post 'don't ask' repealupdated: Tue Sep 20 2011 21:43:00

CNN's Chris Lawrence reports the "don't ask" repeal doesn't mean former service members can return to their careers.

DADT gone, but unequal treatment of gays still hereupdated: Tue Sep 20 2011 21:43:00

In the very early hours of this morning, "don't ask, don't tell" ceased to be U.S. policy. As a result, today is the first day I can write about being the partner of a gay military serviceman without fear that he will lose his job.

Chopper tragedy and dread of 'The Knock'updated: Tue Aug 09 2011 09:40:00

I was barely through my first cup of coffee Saturday morning when my husband called. He's not deployed now, but had to spend Friday night training at Fort Bragg. He'd heard rumors about the helicopter crash in Afghanistan but didn't know any details. I quickly jumped on CNN.com and found the headline "Dozens of Americans dead," and my heart fell like an anchor.

People.com: How Kate Bonded with Military Families in Californiaupdated: Thu Jul 14 2011 09:49:00

The duchess (and new RAF wife) quizzes spouses and laments long deployments

2009: No letter for suicide familiesupdated: Wed Jul 06 2011 13:05:00

2009: White House policy prevents the president from writing condolence letters to military families of suicide victims.

Army head who could be next chairman talks to grieving military kidsupdated: Fri May 27 2011 20:55:00

U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey is doing his best to avoid reporters since word leaked that he is the president's top choice to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

2009: Suicide and the militaryupdated: Fri May 27 2011 06:14:00

In April 2009, A family spoke out after the suicide of a Marine husband and father.

Obama urged to reverse policy on no condolence letters for suicidesupdated: Fri May 27 2011 06:14:00

A bipartisan group of senators is asking President Barack Obama to change the current "insensitive" policy of not sending condolence letters to families of service members who commit suicide.

Helping young military widowsupdated: Fri May 20 2011 17:55:00

Taryn Davis was 21 when she lost her husband in Iraq. Now she's helping young widows through the American Widow Project.

Helping a new generation of military widowsupdated: Fri May 20 2011 17:55:00

Taryn Davis was 19 when she married her high school sweetheart.

Simple ways to help military familiesupdated: Fri May 20 2011 17:29:00

For every man or woman serving our country in the U.S. military, there is a family left behind. The massive military deployment in the past 10 years has left the families of our armed forces stretched emotionally and financially.

For military families, bin Laden's death brings fear, uncertaintyupdated: Tue May 03 2011 09:37:00

When Priscilla Thurman first heard the news that terrorist leader Osama bin Laden was killed, she was relieved. Soon after though, she said she started to worry about the threat of retaliation directed at U.S. troops.

New plan to back military familiesupdated: Wed Apr 13 2011 07:19:00

The Obamas and Bidens launch a new military family initiative aimed at supporting familes of U.S. troops.

Obama announces new initiative to support military familiesupdated: Wed Apr 13 2011 07:19:00

Supporting military families with jobs, education and other services is a matter of national security, President Barack Obama said Tuesday in helping his wife Michelle, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill announce a new initiative supporting relatives of American service members.

Michelle Obama, Jill Biden launch campaign for military familiesupdated: Wed Apr 13 2011 07:02:00

Starting Wednesday, first lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, plan to visit four states in two days to raise public awareness of the needs of families of military service members.

Military wife reacts to budget dealupdated: Sat Apr 09 2011 16:02:00

CNN's T.J. Holmes speaks to Erica Roach, a Navy wife, on how the budget back-and-forth affects military families.

Military won't lose pay if a shutdown is resolved quicklyupdated: Fri Apr 08 2011 17:32:00

If Congress and the White House reach an agreement relatively quickly, troops will not see a hit to their paycheck, a senior defense official said Friday.

Gates hopes 'the pay keeps flowing'updated: Fri Apr 08 2011 17:32:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates tells servicemen in Iraq what will happen if the government shuts down at midnight Friday.

Military families fear shutdownupdated: Fri Apr 08 2011 05:59:00

What could happen to military families if their pay checks stop due to a government shutdown? Chris Lawrence reports.

Food or rent? Soldier's wife fears gov't shutdownupdated: Fri Apr 08 2011 05:59:00

Military mom Emily O'Donnell has a solution for the government to avoid a shutdown: "Go to your room and do not come out until your job is done."

Pentagon: Government shutdown threatens military familiesupdated: Tue Apr 05 2011 07:05:00

The Department of Defense says that if the government shuts down for an extended period, troops including those fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq will not be paid on time, according to a senior defense official.

U.S. military families return from Japanupdated: Fri Mar 25 2011 10:04:00

A charter flight carrying family members of U.S. military service members serving in Japan landed Thursday on U.S. soil in Denver.

U.S. military considers mandatory evacuations in Yokosuka, Japanupdated: Tue Mar 22 2011 08:42:00

The U.S. military is considering the mandatory evacuation of thousands of American troops and their families in Japan out of concern over rising radiation levels, a senior defense official tells CNN.

U.S. continues to evacuate military family members from Japanupdated: Mon Mar 21 2011 21:37:00

The U.S. military is continuing to evacuate family members who want to leave earthquake-ravaged Japan, according to a Pentagon spokesperson.

Pentagon clears exit of some military family members from Japanupdated: Thu Mar 17 2011 13:42:00

The Defense Department authorized the voluntary departure Thursday of some family members of U.S. military service members stationed in Japan.

People.com: Oprah Winfrey Welcomes Michelle Obama to Showupdated: Thu Jan 27 2011 09:30:00

The First Lady lauds the "strength, pride and courage" of military families on an upcoming episode

Obama announces broad new support for military familiesupdated: Mon Jan 24 2011 12:35:00

President Barack Obama on Monday announced a governmentwide series of 50 programs and proposals to increase support for U.S. military families.

Military widows battle red tapeupdated: Mon Jan 17 2011 05:46:00

57,000 military widows find themselves owing the Pentagon thousands of dollars. CNN's Martin Savidge has the story.

Military widow: Pentagon demands money from husband's benefit backupdated: Mon Jan 17 2011 05:46:00

Freda Green thought the battle was over when her husband returned from the Vietnam War.

Wife of Gen. Petraeus appointed consumer advocateupdated: Thu Jan 06 2011 16:20:00

Holly Petraeus, the wife of the top U.S. general in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus, was named Thursday to a key position in the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Military families call Facebook a blessingupdated: Fri Dec 24 2010 10:56:00

When the war in Afghanistan began in 2001, Facebook didn't exist. Today many spouses with loved ones in battle say they find the social-networking site essential.

People.com: Jason Segel & Jack Black Rock Out with New 'Little Drummer Boy'updated: Tue Dec 07 2010 16:50:00

The Gulliver's Travels actor reinterpret a holiday classic, with proceeds going to charity

Kids with deployed parent more likely to seek mental, behavioral helpupdated: Mon Nov 08 2010 10:11:00

Children who have a parent deployed for military service are more likely to seek out treatment for mental and behavioral health issues, according to a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

Fort Hood marks anniversary of shooting rampageupdated: Fri Nov 05 2010 19:14:00

A year after a lone gunman went on a deadly shooting rampage inside a soldier processing center at Fort Hood, friends, colleagues and family members of the 13 victims gathered Friday at the U.S. Army base in Texas to pay tribute to their loved ones.

Military widow honors husbandupdated: Mon Nov 01 2010 05:54:00

Military widow, Salina Jimenez honors her late husband, Army Sgt. David Jimenez Almazan by running a marathon.

Playing as 'Taliban' removed from 'Medal of Honor' gameupdated: Fri Oct 01 2010 13:33:00

Plans to let players control Taliban fighters in the highly anticipated "Medal of Honor" video game have been scrapped amid harsh criticism from military officials and others.

Battle buddies share 'the toughest job in the Army'updated: Tue Sep 21 2010 13:14:00

Ann Campbell and Marla Schroeder dub each other "battle buddies," although they've never gone to war. Between them, they have 45 years in the U.S. Army. They're the wives of the top commanders of the 101st Airborne Division.

Commanding general on Afghanistan surgeupdated: Tue Sep 21 2010 13:14:00

CNN's Jason Carroll speaks with Major General John Campbell in Sharana, Afghanistan.

Iraq: Combat ends, sacrifices don'tupdated: Tue Sep 07 2010 15:28:00

Amy Hendrix is going to be an unhappy bride if she has to move her wedding date.

Pentagon survey asks military spouses about "don't ask" repealupdated: Tue Aug 24 2010 18:56:00

The Pentagon wants to know what military spouses think of the plan to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy of barring openly gay and lesbian soldiers from military service.

U.S. hands over control of Iraq combat operationsupdated: Mon Aug 09 2010 11:14:00

Iraqi commandos showed off skills they learned from U.S. military forces, who Saturday formally handed over control of combat operations to Iraqi security forces.

Gen. Odierno reflects on Iraqupdated: Mon Aug 09 2010 11:14:00

Gen. Ray Odierno sits down with CNN's Arwa Damon for a look back at the past seven years in Iraq.

Biden welcomes home troops from Iraqupdated: Wed Jul 28 2010 23:29:00

Soldiers fighting in Iraq came home to Fort Drum, New York, for a welcome that included Vice President Joe Biden.

Iraq veterans come home to a vice presidential welcomeupdated: Wed Jul 28 2010 23:29:00

Iraq veterans from the Army's 10th Mountain Division came home to Fort Drum, New York, on Wednesday for a welcome that included Vice President Joe Biden.

Who is Elena Kagan?updated: Fri Jun 25 2010 14:39:00

Do you want to know more about Supreme Court Justice nominee Elena Kagan? CNN's Mary Snow talks with those in the know.

White House confident of high court nominee days before hearingsupdated: Fri Jun 25 2010 14:39:00

Top White House officials expressed confidence Friday that Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan will earn the respect and votes of senators during her confirmation hearings, which begin next week.

Creating a first stop for veterans' familiesupdated: Fri May 28 2010 10:00:00

For years, Army veteran Roy Foster's motto has been "No man left behind." This month, he's broadened it to include women.

Dear Obama: Go beyond gay partners' hospital rightsupdated: Mon Apr 19 2010 10:46:00

Dear President Obama: One of things I've long admired about you is the amount of care you show toward your family, especially your wife, Michelle.

Portraits help bring closure to fallen troops' loved onesupdated: Fri Apr 02 2010 12:22:00

For Michael Reagan, the portraits always start the same way.

Dad walking cross-country to help wounded troops' familiesupdated: Thu Apr 01 2010 10:59:00

Inspired by his West Point cadet son, a California man sets out Thursday on a cross-country trek to raise money for an organization that supports wounded troops and their families.

Kids good at handling deployment of military parents, study showsupdated: Fri Jan 29 2010 18:17:00

Adolescent children of frequently deployed soldiers are less stressed than conventional wisdom might indicate, according to a recent study.

Console families of military suicides, lawmakers urge Obamaupdated: Wed Dec 23 2009 14:27:00

President Obama should end a longstanding policy of not writing letters of condolence to families of troops who commit suicide, dozens of lawmakers urged him in a letter Wednesday.

Soldier's family killedupdated: Wed Dec 23 2009 03:21:00

There is speculation hitmen shot and killed relatives of a soldier who died in a raid against a drug lord.

CNNMoney: Afghanistan: 30,000 troops, $30 billion a yearupdated: Sun Dec 20 2009 07:41:00

War is expensive, and it's about to get more so as the U.S. government escalates its military efforts in Afghanistan.

Gibbs grilled on lettersupdated: Thu Dec 10 2009 16:56:00

CNN questions Robert Gibbs on the Obama administration policy of not sending condolence letters to some military families.

Military condolence letter review to conclude 'shortly'updated: Thu Dec 10 2009 16:56:00

The White House says its review of a long-standing policy not to send condolence letters to the families of military suicide victims should "hopefully" conclude "shortly."

Study: Military kids anxiousupdated: Tue Dec 08 2009 10:37:00

A study shows long deployments create anxiety for many kids with parents in the military. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

Study: Military teens have more stressupdated: Tue Dec 08 2009 10:37:00

Jordan Pittard, 14, remembers feeling anxious about his father being deployed with the U.S. Army in Iraq from 2006 to 2007. His mother, Lucille, a teacher, admits struggling to have enough time to work, take care of the house and talk enough to her kids.

Family support 'vital' for service members being deployedupdated: Tue Dec 08 2009 10:36:00

"You don't do it alone," Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Monday to a crowd gathered at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. "You do it with phenomenal family support. And we could not be the Marine Corps we are, the military we are without extraordinary family support."

Clear message on Afghanistan?updated: Tue Dec 08 2009 10:36:00

The Best Political Team on television analyzes the administration's apparent inconsistent message on Afghanistan.

Army wife: Our sacrifice could be worth the costupdated: Wed Dec 02 2009 23:22:00

I'm not an auto mechanic, I'm an Army wife, a mother and -- when time permits -- a journalist. So when my car needs work, I take it to someone with oil on his hands and years of experience looking under hoods. The same is true for plumbing problems, legal issues and medical care.

White House policy: No letter to families of military suicidesupdated: Fri Nov 27 2009 22:17:00

Gregg Keesling chooses his words carefully when he talks about the death of his son, Spc. Chancellor Keesling.

People.com: Sarah Palin Answers PEOPLE Readers' Questionsupdated: Tue Nov 17 2009 17:09:00

The GOP firebrand even channels Tina Fey's Liz Lemon

Army: More than one shooterupdated: Sat Nov 07 2009 08:09:00

Sgt. Major Jamie Posten says there were at least two shooters who opened fire at Fort Hood.

Fort Hood, a home for thousandsupdated: Sat Nov 07 2009 08:09:00

Fort Hood, Texas, is -- for all intents and purposes -- a city. With as many as 30,000 residents, it has all the trappings of an American metropolis: malls, softball fields, subdivisions and as many as nine schools.

Ft. Hood shooting 'horrifying'updated: Sat Nov 07 2009 07:54:00

President Obama vows to support the Ft. Hood community in the aftermath of the deadly shooting at the post.

Sen. Cornyn: Don't jump to conclusions over Fort Hood shootingsupdated: Sat Nov 07 2009 07:54:00

Before making judgments about the shootings at Fort Hood, a thorough investigation needs to take place, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said Thursday.

Army dad, son take on Taliban; mom worriesupdated: Thu Sep 24 2009 10:55:00

Marylisa Miller has spent much of her two decades as an Army wife bracing for the worst. But now the pressure is higher, as both her husband and their 20-year-old son are serving together in Afghanistan.

Dad, son deploy to war togetherupdated: Thu Sep 24 2009 10:55:00

Father and son paratroopers talk about the realities of war before deploying together to Afghanistan.

Experts: Parents' deployment puts kids at high risk for problemsupdated: Wed Sep 02 2009 11:48:00

A third of military children surveyed who have a parent deployed in a war zone are at "high risk" for psychological problems, according to a new study by military doctors and researchers.

When a parent goes to war, military kids grow up fastupdated: Thu Aug 20 2009 09:42:00

In Pennsylvania, Tyler Dix, a 16-year-old movie buff, is wide awake by 7 a.m. to cook breakfast for his younger siblings.

Sisterhood for military teensupdated: Thu Aug 20 2009 09:42:00

Two teen girls start a sisterhood for helping other military daughters. CNN's Kiran Chetry reports.

Britain: Queen unveils new medal for military familiesupdated: Wed Jul 01 2009 11:26:00

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II unveiled a new medal Wednesday to honor the families of British service personnel killed while serving their country.

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